Friday 18 May 2012

Re-Reading Books

Do you re-read books? Or does the magic disappear once you know the plot and the ending?

I like to re-read certain books. There is something comforting about reading a book I know well, about knowing where it is all going to end up but enjoying the journey anyway. I'm the same with films and I love reading spoilers for soaps. I don't mind knowing what is going to happen and in some cases, prefer it.

Also I devour books from my favourite authors so sometimes it is nice to read it again (a good while later) and take it at a more leisurely pace and absorb everything.

Some books I just love and want to read over and over again. I've read Lisa Jewell's and Jane Green's early books time and again - I never seem to tire of One Hit Wonder, Thirty Nothing, Babyville and Bookends.

I've still got a massive reading pile but I've decided to re-read a few books from my shelf. I'm going to read:

Kiss Him Goodbye by Victoria Routledge

I bought this to take on holiday when I was 17 and have lost count of the number of times I've read it. It's one of my most re-read books on my shelf.

What's New Pussycat? by Alexandra Potter

Another book I bought for the holiday when I was 17 but I've only ever read it once. There has to be a reason why I've kept hold of it all these years - it's survived many bookshelf culls.

Vince & Joy by Lisa Jewell

I've only read this once because it always felt too 'new' to read again but a few years have passed (without me realising) so I'm going to read it again. Mainly because I love Lisa Jewell's books.

Rachel's Holiday

It's one of my favourite books.

Do you ever re-read books? And what are you reading at the moment?


  1. Lately, I haven't had time to read anything except my manuscript (over and over) but summer is coming, folks! Soon I will be free!!!

    I have read Connie Willis's book Not to Mention the Dog over and over. I'll never get tired of it. I have also read the books in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series many times. I love Miles Vorkosigan.

    Then, of course, there are the books I read out loud to my class every year. You know I have to love them to read them every year: No More Dead Dogs, The Teacher's Funeral, Airborn, Everlost, A Drowned Maiden's Hair. I'll never get tired of seeing my students react to the best parts.

    1. Hi Dianne. It's good that you can read the same books year after year and still love them. I imagine it would make your job harder if you didn't.

      Have fun catching up with some reading during the summer :-)

  2. I dont have time to re-read, I have so many books to read, both review books and my own collection.
    There are some I would like to re-read but then so many new ones all the time :)

    Enjoy your re-reads


    1. Hi Carol. I've been meaning to reread some books for a while but my reading pile isn't getting shorter so I decided to just do it. But my reading pile is made up of my own books and not review copies so I can take as long as I need.

  3. I've reread the usual Jane Austen books and Jilly cooper's early ones too, love them. At the moment I'm reading Cathy Woodman's latest book and enjoying it.

    1. Hi Debs. I haven't touched a Jane Austen since school (I think I'm a bit too thick - I'll stick to the adaptations :-P )

  4. I'm a massive fan of rereading books! There's something so comforting about it.

  5. There is, isn't there. You already know the characters and know exactly what you're letting yourself in for.


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